Australia Day, celebrated on January 26, is observed as a public holiday in all States and Territories to enable residents to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's a day to be proud and reflect on what this nation has achieved and re-commit to making an even better place for future generations.
Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, January 25 - 6.15pm
Each year, Council hosts an Australia Day Awards Presentation Evening, recognising individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community or who have excelled in the sporting or cultural arenas. Residents are encouraged to nominate their local hero.
Nominations have now closed. Winners will be announced on 25 January, 2016.
Council's Australia Day Family Fun Day
Residents can celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian on January 26 at the region's major Australia Day Family Fun Day event. In 2016 join the fun at the Marina Parklands, Gladstone from 8am to noon.
The program includes: the national anthem and flag raising, introduction of Council's 2016 Australia Day Award winners, entertainment by the Gladstone Municipal Band and Billy T & the Dampers bush band and dancing, roving performers, Aussie kid's craft, face painting, Qld Cricket demonstrations and interactive activities, childrens' rides, free sausage sizzle. Other food and drink will be on sale on the day.
Council-supported Australia Day Community Events
To assist regional communities, Council offers donations to eligible groups to host Australia Day celebrations in their townships. These community events complement the main regional event held annually on January 26.
View the list of regional locations and events organised by the 2016 successful applicants.